The Black Candidates Who Clinched House and State Races


Stratton said she’s looking forward to working with the other black lieutenant governors. Some of those conversations are already under way. Stratton pointed out that Justin Fairfax, the lieutenant governor of Virginia who was elected last year, came to campaign for her. Ford noted that he, Barnes, and the next attorney general of Illinois, Kwame Raoul, are all alumni of the historically black fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi. Tish James in New York and Keith Ellison in Minnesota were also elected attorney general on Tuesday.

The new black members of the House are from all over the country, from Delgado in New York, to Lucy McBath in Georgia, to Colin Allred in Texas. Notably, they represent districts that are not predominantly black.

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